Fay Fox

Hailed by the Maine Classical Beat for "a voice to die for (combined) with acting ability, beauty, and stage presence," Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani is quickly becoming one of today’s most sought-after international singers.

This season, Ms. Lahyani makes her Atlanta Opera Debut as Grimgerde in Wagner’s Die Walküre. She then returns the The Israeli Opera as Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Last season Lahyani made her Detroit Opera debut in Yuval Sharon’s high-tech acclaimed production of The Valkyries. She portrayed her signature role as Carmen with both Portland Opera and Opera Naples. Lahyani was the Mezzo soloist in Handle’s Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony conducted by Maestro Xian Zhang.

Recent career highlights including her house debuts in the title tole of Carmen by Bizet with Arizona Opera and The Minnesota Opera. Her appearances at The Metropolitan Opera as Dorothée in Cendrillon, Rosette in Manon and Tisbe in La Cenerentola. She performed Sister Helen Prejean in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Charlotte in Werther with the Israeli Opera. Her Latin America debut as Charlotte in Werther with Ópera De Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico. The title role of Carmen with Opera Maine, Opera Las Vegas and Wolf Trap Opera. Her Seattle Opera appearances as Varvara in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, Flora in La Traviata, and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Berkshire Opera Festival, Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel With Opera Fairbanks, the Page in Atom Egoyan’s production of Salome with The Canadian Opera Company, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute with The Dallas Opera. Lahyani was also featured as the vocal soloist in numerous works by the renowned choreographer Alonzo King and his acclaimed Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Ms. Lahyani sang over 90 performances at The Metropolitan Opera, making her debut during the 2013-2014 season in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madam Butterfly as the first Israeli born to ever sing on their stage. Other appearances at the Met including Grimgerde in Robert Lepage’s Ring, Massenet’s Werther, Manon and Cendrillon, Rusalka under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Elektra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the role of the Palestinian Woman in John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer, and Flora in Willy Decker’s iconic production of La Traviata.

Ms. Lahyani’s concert work portfolio includes performances as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Mezzo soloist in Scriabin’s Symphony no.1 at Bard Music Festival, Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Jerusalem Symphony, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and the alto soloist in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream with conductor Kurt Masur and the San Francisco Symphony. Lahyani also appeared in concert of Verdi's Rigoletto with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.

Lahyani is an alumna of the prestigious Adler Fellowship of the San Francisco Opera, where she made her debut in 2010 as Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West under conductor Nicola Luisotti. Other roles and productions with the company include Siegrune in Die Walküre, Sister Marta and The Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac, the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier under conductor Patrick Summers, Janáček's The Makropulos Case, Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia, and the title role of Carmen.

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